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Less than a week until election day

By Walter Geiger A hotly contested, scandal-ridden presidential campaign along with a sheriff’s race and an ESPLOST referendum that will, if approved, lead to a new high school have driven Lamar voters to cast advance ballots in record numbers. As of Monday morning, 2,894 voters had cast advance ballots here as compared to 2,418 four years ago. Elections superintendent Anita Reid has mailed out 376 absentee ballots of which 236 have been returned. Driving voter interest is the presidential race that pits Democrat Hillary Clinton against Republican Donald Trump. Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., spoke to a capacity crowd Friday at Rock Springs Church here. Also on the ballot next Tuesday is the ESPLOST referendum. Approval would continue the current one percent sales tax for education, allowing the school board to pay off bond indebtedness and jumpstart construction of a new high school. Lamar voters will also make choices in the race for Lamar County sheriff that pits incumbent Republican Brad White against Democratic challenger Frank Usher. Polling places will be open election day from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Advance voting continues all week at the elections office in the courthouse annex on Thomaston Street.

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